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Arlington: Drug awareness eventThe Arlington Drug Awareness Coalition is planning a community-wide drug and alcohol awareness event March 26. The presentation will feature personal stories about Arlington youth who have struggled with addiction, plus information about popular drugs, signs of addiction and steps to fight back. An informational fair before and after the event will offer ideas about positive youth activities, treatment and recovery options and support for at-risk youth.

The event starts at 6 p.m. at the Byrnes Performing Arts Center at Arlington High School, 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd. Child care will be available for younger children. For more information, visit or call Liz Ries at 360-618-6399 ext. 3009.

Granite Falls: Parents group given field trip moneyThe Monte Cristo Elementary Parents Group has been given a donation of $2,313 from the IGA store. The money comes from the IGA’s Hometown Heroes program, in which 1 percent of purchases by participating people is collected and earmarked for a chosen nonprofit or school program to support. The money raised will fund field trips for Monte Cristo students, including trips to the Tulalip Hibulb Cultural Center and to a StoryBook Theater production of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.”

Lynnwood: Sewer work cost $200KEmergency work to fix a sewer collapse in Lynnwood last year cost $203,039, according to City Council documents.

The sewer main along 195th Place SW collapsed Dec. 23. Hundreds of feet of pipe had to be replaced. Traffic in the mall area was impacted for several days.

The contractor was Laser Underground &Earthworks, Inc., of Snohomish.

Marysville: Learn about road projectsThe city of Marysville is holding a quarterly meeting for the public to review important road projects this year and to learn about the city’s upcoming ballot measure, which would raise property taxes two-tenths of 1 percent to help pay for them. The ballot measure would raise $1.6 million for a variety of road work. The “Marysville University” session will be held Wednesday, March 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 1049 State Ave. Refreshments will be available. To reserve a seat, contact Leah Ingram at 360-363-8091 or at

Marysville: Education summitMarysville School District board members and administrators are holding a summit on education Saturday, March 29. Parents, students, members of the business community, Tulalip Tribes and members of the public at large are welcome to come meet district leaders and share ideas. The event will be held 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Marysville Getchell High School (8301 84th St. NE) in the Campus Commons. There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited. To register, call the district at 360-653-7058 or go to

Mill Creek: New city park namedThe Mill Creek City Council has approved a name for the new park that is expected to be built in the East Gateway subarea.

Buffalo Park was chosen out of more than 60 name suggestions submitted. More than a dozen people suggested something similar due to a buffalo farm that was previously located in the area.

Planning for Buffalo Park is nearing completion as a conditional use permit is being processed. The developer is expected to submit plans for landscaping and building design in the near future.

The city hopes to have the park completed by this summer.

Monroe: Info on tech and youthNational presenter and attorney Charles Leitch is scheduled to give a free presentation on young people and technology at 7 p.m. today at Frank Wagner Elementary School.

Leitch is expected to provide an understanding of the current risks young people face while using technology, such as cyberbullying.

Childcare for toddlers and school-age children is planned to be provided.

Snohomish: Public hearing for group quartersThe Snohomish Planning Commission has scheduled a public hearing at 7 p.m. Wednesday on the city’s definition of group quarters.

The meeting comes after a Seattle developer proposed turning a vacant Avenue E building into a senior assisted-living facility in the single-family residential area.

The meeting is set to take place in the George Gilbertson Boardroom at the Snohomish

School District Resource Center, located at 1601 Avenue D.

The agenda is available on the city’s website.

For more information, contact Planning Director Owen Dennison at 360-282-3173 or at

Sultan: Open houses for kindergartenThe Sultan School District expects to offer free, all-day kindergarten for the 2014-15 school year.

The district is inviting parents and guardians who have children set to start kindergarten in September to attend an open house.

Sultan Elementary School, located at 501 Date St., has set its open house for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Gold Bar Elementary, located at 419 Lewis Ave., is planning the event for 6:30 p.m. on April 3.

Parents may register at the open houses or at the school the child plans to attend from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays through June 30.

To be eligible to attend kindergarten, students must be age 5 years old on or before Aug. 31. Registration requires a birth certificate, a completed immunization certificate and two emergency phone numbers.

For more information, call 360-793-9800.

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